MSA Legend Pedal Steel Guitar
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There are 83 in all and I kept them pretty good sized to
keep the detail in there for all you gear heads.
Lots of neat features like clamp in legs and
This guitar is pretty light but very sturdy.
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my current tuning.
I received this guitar in February of 2006.
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Msa Legend Features
- Quadruple raise, triple lower changer
- Metal necks
- All wood maple body
- 42 pounds (with 8 floor, 8 knee levers)
- Modular quick change slide in – slide out pickups
- Quick clamp and release leg attachment to pedal rack
- Monogrammed guitar cover included
- Highly polished metal surfaces
- Long sustaining tone
- Crystal clear harmonics
- 3D Fretboard milled into neck – nothing to come unglued – anti-static material in fret pools
- Inlaid front and back aprons
- Quick adjust pedal height from playing position
- Pedal rods are all identical – no more searching for rod numbers
- Pedals are 2 7/16” apart and 11/16” wide
- Case has built in wheels and 2 handles (Texas Case)
- Case has full back hinge and all aluminum edging
- Leg and Rod pouch included
- Foam damping on underside cuts rod noise
- Adjustable raise return spring tension
- Knee lever tilt adjustment
- 13 position stainless steel quick change bell cranks
- Split tunings on all strings – adjustable at end plate
- Deluxe tuning wrench included
- Custom Sperzel tuners have individual shaft lengths for better alignment with nut
- 5 Year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship
- Carbon fiber contoured knee levers
- Stainless steel pull rods and cross rods
- Pedals machined from aluminum billet and custom engraved
- Pedals rods are attached and pull from centerline of pedals
- 7 piece raised CNC MSA logo on front apron
- Solid, polished pedal bar CNC machined from 6061 aluminum
- 24“ Scale
- My guitar has Truetone pickups (both are 16.9 Kohms)
- Floating neck - the neck is firmly anchored only at one end (the changer end) while the other end has space and freedom to expand or contract inside the roller bridge. The roller bridge is not attached to the neck, but to the cabinet. The aluminum necks can expand or contract at will without resulting in detuning.
- String spacing is 11/32" at changer and 17/64" at nut
- Overall body size is 32" long and 10 7/8" wide
- "Cabinet drop" is 1.5 cents, measured by tuning E9th 4th string to 440 on Peterson strobe tuner
then pushing pedals 1 and 2 and noting the drop against the tuner. Within 0.1 cents I got this number
over and over again. Note: This is EXTREMELY low "cabinet drop" for a wood bodied guitar!
- Nut roller composition is different for wound and plain strings on both necks to provide evenness of tone between them
My opinion of the guitar
Since I have owned an Emmons push-pull and a Sho-Bud Pro II for years I can say the tone and character
of this guitar is not like either. It has the clear tone of the Emmons and the harmonics are easy to
play and come out crystal clear. Plenty of warmth in the tone but not as much as the Sho-Bud.
I am extremely happy with the tone as it is pleasing to my ears, no harshness, with a lot of clarity.
Combined with the excellent mechanics of this guitar, it is a joy to play. After a few days of playing
I no longer regret getting rid of my old, faithful axe of many years. See my setup under About
Me on the main page to see my equipment configuration.